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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA | Arcadia Brewing Company

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85
very good
477 Reviews
Arcadia HopMouth Double IPAArcadia HopMouth Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The first in a limited edition, Brew Crew Big Beer Series. 1080 OG; 76 IBU

This remarkably balanced brew has a deep amber hue with a generous white head. Hopmouth showcases a rich, toasty flavor and sweet caramel notes because of the high-quality Maris Otter Malt used. The hops are up front in the aroma reminiscent of citrus and pine, while the resin-like flavors linger well after the last sip.

Added by TastyTaste on 12-11-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
477
Ratings:
1,027
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
13.26%
 
 
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32
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119
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Reviews: 477 | Ratings: 1,027
Photo of HOPPYKC
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the flying saucer in downtown great Kansas city. It was poured a great deep amber color with an inch of head. Almost opaque to see through. Light tan head in color. Smooth to drink, hits a lot on the tongue. A full beer for an ipa. A hop load up front and a bit of slightly roasted malts on the back end. A really dry finish. Makes you crave it for more. Goes down smooth and full. A bit of a heavier IPA but overall pretty good. I defiantly like this brew from Arcadia more so than the hoprocket.

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Photo of bamadog
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been seeing this on the shelves for a while now but I could never tell how old the bottles were. I noticed a new label when I was there on Friday so I figured that they must be a little fresher. Review is from notes taken on 1/16/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a pretty standard coppery color with a darker core in the center; head starts with a one finger off tan head that fades pretty quickly to a thin and incomplete skim with a thicker ring around the surface; body is a little cloudy, but still shows moderate carbonation bubbling throughout; a fair amount of spots and swaths of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: A little weaker than what I would hope, but there is a fair amount of hop presence, coming across in a variety ways ranging from a little grassy and piney to a more dominant citric presence (grapefruit); not much to report beyond this -- not bad, but I would expect a bit more in terms of strength and a bit of a bigger malt backbone.

Taste: Like the smell, it's not bad, but I feel that it lacks the stronger malt backbone to balance out the bitter hops, which are really quite nice... There is indeed a strong hop presence and it has a range from mild grassy and pine to the stronger grapefruit notes; there is a slight tinge of alcohol to it.

Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium, but definitely leaning towards the lighter side of things and it comes across just a tad watery; carbonation is definitely present and it provides a lively feeling of prickliness and it leaves the gums a little tingly; the alcoholic vapor leaves the gums feeling a little numb and the belly warm; a moderately thick and semi dry coating is left on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: Not bad overall, but I likely won't pick it up again... certainly wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me though. It has a fair set of flavors, but I feel it's lacking some balance and the bitter is more "bitter" than flavorful like a lot of other offerings; the ABV is also a tad high for too much, but it's certainly a fair sipper.

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Photo of in780
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Here we go:

A - Hazy light brown color, kind of dull. Not a lot of head, dissipates rather quickly. Decent lacing.

S - Intense flowery hops, along with grain, citrus and faint alcohol.

T - More balanced than the aroma let on. The hops are certainly present, but some nice malt backbone gives this a bittersweet taste.

M - Rich mouthfeel, but with an odd tingly bite at the end

D - Good for a high-powered IIPA, nice above-average brew

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Photo of qthompso
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber. Small head that disappeared quickly and left only a bit of lacing.

S: While there are hops, I expected more from a DIPA. Malt, carmel and mild citrus.

T: The bitterness of the hops really come through, adding bitterness more than flavor. Maltier than expected and notes of carmel and brown sugar.

M: Good medium body with a good level of carbonation.

D: A very drinkable DIPA. While I certainly did enjoy this beer, there are other beers of a the same style that I prefer.

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Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich amber color. Decent off-white head, producing small tufts of lace. The head fades quickly, however. Small hop aroma, not quite as mauch as expected....herbal, with a very earthy background. Rustic. Nice balance...malty and sweet with a remarkable hop bitterness and finish. The bitterness is not overdone. Drinkability grows on you. Alcohol is nicely hidden, but sneaks up. Good stuff.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a Russian River tulip...blah. Beer is amber and hazy with a thin off white head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass, carbonation low.

Aroma is super malty with some piny hops.

Beer is kind of a let down, not really feeling it. It's heavy and malty and bland at the same time, Bitterness is low and the finish has a grainy aftertaste. I'm done. There are much better IPAs out there.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Really dark copper color for a DIPA. A finger of slightly darker than white head with really impressive lacing and head retention.

S: The nose is hops but nothing really is picked out of it. No citrus or fruit or anything but just hops. Quite a bit bready as this has a nice malt backbone that can over shine the hops at points.

T: The taste is just like the nose. The hops are there but they have more bitterness than actual flavor. This is quite the malty DIPA which I do enjoy but it lacks complexity.

M: Solid medium body with spot on carbonation. Almost has the feel of a cask ale at points. Very delicate.

D: Really quite drinkable but unremarkable. I remember being really impressed with this a few years ago. It is still good but I have had better since.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a dark amber red color, and has a decent sized off-white fizzy head on it. the head left just bits of lacing on the glass.

S - Up front I am getting a lot of caramel sweetness, with a nice hop presence as well. There are also some fruity notes and some citrus.

T - First, I'm getting the sweetness and some hop presence. The hoppy bitterness keeps building all the way to the finish. I am also getting some fruity notes. It is a very well balanced double IPA. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - This beer has a medium body and good carbonation. It has a nice creamy and smooth feel to it as well.The finish is dry and bitter, and the bitterness sticks to the mouth and hangs around for a while.

D - The drinkability is great. It goes down easy, and it is a very well balanced DIPA. I think this beer is a great anytime beer. I could drink these all the time. Good job Arcadia, Cheers.

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Photo of champ103
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber red color. Darker than most DIPA's. A two finger white head forms with really good retention. Some nice sticky lace is left behind as well.
S: Big citrus hops up front. Lots of spicy aromas as well that I really enjoy. Some passion fruits of pineapple and even some mango. Lots of bread/biscuit aromas to balance everything else out perfectly.
T: Follows the nose. Up front is a nice citrus flavor. Though there is incredible depth of flavor. A big spicy character that I love. Passion fruits of pineapple, and lots of balance with the bread/biscuit flavor. Tons of hops, but not over done bitterness, which is awesome.
M/D: A medium to full body. Incredibly crisp, dry, clean, and smooth. Very easy to drink. I had a pint and could have easily had more.

A really well done DIPA. A ton of hop character without the overbearing bitterness or syrupy resin character. Arcadia knows how to make DIPA's. Well at least the types that I like. I love it, and highly recommended.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a surprisingly,clear amber with a thick,bone-white,two finger crown that left moderate sudsy lace.

S-Nutty,caramel malt,soft pine and slightly overripe citrus.Kind of malt forward for the style.It's actually smelling a little English(IPA).

T-Caramel malt,baked brown sugar,muted citrus and dull pine.Hop bitterness is there but hop flavors are lacking.

M-Slightly resinous and medium bodied with a lasting bitter "feel".The effect of the bitterness lingers but is not strongly tasted.

D-Not my favorite example of the style.A little bit of a letdown.

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Photo of case4816
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into large red wine glass. Auburn in colour and fairly translucent. Poured a very foamy head that dissipated very quickly.

S- Very Heavy on the hops. Not many other smells detectable. The hops are very fresh smelling, with some citrus hints coming through with them, as well as natural spruce hints in the hops.

T- Quite refreshing. The hops, like the smell, are quite fresh tasting. The citrus notes come through very with the hops, and the spruce hints come through very subtly. The finish is what is very surprising about this beer. The bitterness on the finish is very strong, and one of the longest lasting bitter finishes I've experienced in a DIPA.

D- This is a very nice beer to drink. Bought it on a whim to fill a 6 pack, and will definitely purchase again. An easy drinking or sipping beer.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with "Bottled on 8-20-10" on the label, into a standard pint glass.
Caramel brown in color, with a moderate off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Sweet malt, faint soapiness
Taste-Sweet toasted malt, caramel, hop bitterness but not much hop flavor to speak of. A bit astringent. Seems to be an "English" take on a DIPA as it is more malt forward and the hops are more used for their bittering property than for flavor. A bit of a different take on an American DIPA.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a hazy brown-orange, alomst like peach iced tea. Started with 1/2" of cream-colored head that reduces to a thin skim.

Has a yeasty, malty sweet smell, almost like a barleywine, with hints of apricot, grapes and other summer fruit. Very little hop. A somewhat boozy aroma wafts up as well.

Relatively smooth tasting, with little "hop" flavor for a double-IPA named Hopmouth. Woody and earth, with decent resin though little astringency or bitterness. Somewhat malty, this has a cask-conditioned feel to it.

Mouthfeel is medium, with some carbonation.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap into pint glass.

Appearance: Has a nice amber color that is semi-transparent. Has a pretty small head, but still looks appetizing.

Smell: Has a mild hop aroma with some sweetness lingering. I expected more hops for a double ipa.

Taste: Has a subdued malt flavor with a mild hop kick. Again, I expected a little more of a hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Has a fair body that's not too thin.

Drinkability: It's pretty good. However, I do have to say that I feel there are better versions of this style out there.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

VDubb is persistent. At least he got us a good beer. It pours a rather dark ruby brown topped by a half-finger at best of off-white foam. The nose comprises red and white grapes, red and...not-red...grapefruit, and a fairly strong contingent of toffee. The taste is of smooth citrus and pine (trust me, smoothness is tastable) joined by some nice, sweet caramel. The body is medium, with no real carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a nice DIPA, not the best around, but pretty tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a nice white head that later becomes just lacing.

Smell of mint first, roasted malt, caramel, some pine and a little citrus.

Taste just like the aroma, mostly mint flavors which I would guess are from a Northern Brewer type hop as I have really smelled the mint flavors from this hop while brewing. Mint mixes with booze even though it is not quite that high in abv, definitely fusel alcohol. Nice caramelization going on the beer, only I have no idea how fresh this is and I think that it was old judging by the dust on the bottle when I received it as a gift. I am pretty sure nearly all of the aroma hops that may have been in here are gone but the mint / Northern Brewer. Still a good beer, but please put a date stamp on it. light to mild carbonation and a relatively light mouthfeel for an 8.1 abv IIPA.

Overall pretty good, recommended easy drinking double IPA.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter on cask at The Firkin in Libertyville, IL

This beer pours a deep, deep brown red color with a coarse half finger of foam on the surface. There is the aroma of piny hops and orange zest. In addition more subtle notes would reveal both a brown sugar and pineapple aroma too. There is an apple cider like taste to this beer that is quite pleasant. Plenty of caramel flavor to go around as well makes it almost taste like a caramel apple. The hop flavors are still quite there, but mellow due to the cask I would assume. The flavors are really nice due to the very nice smoothness and good feel with the natural carbonation that is provided. This is a good drinking beer on cask and I would recommend it to almost anyone who enjoys robust flavors in beer without getting a kick in the face.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a nice copper reddish color with a nice 1 1/2 finger white head. Very hoppy smelling nose with nice notes of citrus rind and pine. Medium, chewy mouthfeel. Good lace on the glass as the head settles. Sweet and malty with a nice balance of hops. Slight lingering bitterness in the end. Overall, a decent DIPA with a pretty heavy malt backbone.

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Photo of avw555
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Brown, looks like apple cider. Very thin white head, lace doesn't last long.

Smell- apples and citrus fruit. some floral notes. reminds me of fall :)

Taste- Very bitter on the back of my tongue. I didn't know what the abv was when i bought it and was surprised by the prominence of alcohol (picked it up on a whim).

Mouth-feel- makes my mouth feel dry. the alcohol gives a nice little bit of "burn". I like the dry feeling it leaves in my mouth.

Drinkability- Goes down easy. Next time I drink it I'll have have something to eat that compliments this beverage.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours well to make two fingers of thick tan head, and an ultra cloudy copper colored body.

In the aroma, the traits that come out immediately are from the ample amounts of lemony hops, and a nice caramel backbone.

Taste wise the malt is very prevelant with the sweet bread flavors, however, the hops dominate with over ripe lemons. Lightly carbonated, not oily, and the alcohol is nicely masked.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:

Stunning tower of off-white froth drops slowly with a massive amount of lacing sticking to the glass. Brassy amber color shows off its clarity. Thick blanket of hop in the nose; spearmint, ruby red grapefruit, wildflowers and faint tobacco. Creamy and slick medium body is a bit chewy from the malt. Bitterness from the hops kicks in right away, but is reeled back before it hits the point of no return--meaning it stays balanced. Quick breath of alcohol in the middle. The toasted bread maltiness hangs with the faint buttery tone both try to push the hops down, but the bitterness and hop flavor come right back up with each sip. A tad fruity with suggestions of apricots. Finishes semidry with a thick herbal tone and some remaining toasted malt.

Great to see a Double IPA that is not either absolute chaos or simply overbittered. Certainly one of the most balanced in its style and a delight to drink.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On hand-pump at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Served in a pint glass.

A - Nice persistent off-white thick cap and splotchy lacework. Transparent amber-copper body.

S - Piney hops, candied citrus, some light dank and cattiness. Malt character is English toffee and treacle. Seems very English in general actually. Nose doesn't pop, but isn't as muted as some cask beer I've had.

T - Very sweet tangerine citrus morphs into a bitter finish. There's some toasty and light toffee malt character.

M - Dry finish, with residual resinous character. Soft smooth, medium body, and a nice creamy texture. Alcohol is not obvious.

D - This was surprisingly good. It went down quickly, and the hand-pump serving and cellar temperature complemented the English qualities of the malt and hop bill. One of Arcadia's strongest offerings.

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Photo of Soneast
2.22/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a burnt copper color, slightly hazy, developing a 2 finger thick, cream colored head with pretty good retention, leaving a lot of lace on the glass.

The aroma is...well malty. I certainly don't get a whole lot of hops, maybe some herbal character. Some toasty notes from the malt but mostly just a caramel sweetness.

The flavor is also malt forward, despite a harshly bitter finish. The hops seem to be more herbal than anything, almost tea-like, which when combined with the sweet malt and harsh bitterness is definitely off-putting. Somehow it manages to be almost cloyingly sweet, like a under attenuated homebrew, and yet has a harsh, metallic bitterness. Leaves a weird, sharply bitter flavor right at the very back of the palate, that is hard to get rid of.

Huh, there is no date on the bottle, not sure if this is old, but the bar I purchased it from is fairly reputable. Overall, this isn't very DIPA-like, IMO. It's almost like a harshly bitter brown ale. HopMouth just really isn't very good.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly dark copper amber with a light tan head. The head fades quickly, but leaves nice lacing. The aroma is primarily of piney, citrusy and grassy hops, with a fairly pronounced whiff of alcohol. There is also a very rich and toasty caramel malt aroma. The flavor is quite balanced with both piney and grapefruit hops being nicely offset by a toffee tasting malt backbone. It also seems to have some earthy notes, and a hop bitterness that stands up well to the malt. Far from the more hop forward DIPAs I prefer, but they appear to have paid close attention to the quality of malt flavor, so I will not complain too much. The mouthfeel is medium and has a nice smoothness to it. Unfortunately, the finish is sticky and unappealing with a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste that lingers in my mouth after swallowing. This is a pretty solid beer, but the finish is a bit of a deal breaker when it comes to drinkability.

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Photo of silentjay
2.91/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

dark. a hazy reddish brown with little eggshell colored head that recedes quickly to a cm and laces decently.

nose is malty sweet with some floral hops mixed in.

taste follows as being malty. this seems more like a big amber ale than a DIPA. caramelly sweet with plenty of biscuit and white toast, with an almost English hop profile that is floral and a bit herbal. just a bit of citrus. not exciting.

medium bodied with some corn syrupy stickiness and sweetness left on the back of the tongue.

eh. not a great DIPA for my tastes, so it doesn't drink well. I'll finish the bottle, but I'm glad I only bought the one.

edit: having this again (i think this one is fresher) and I am picking up a lot of tropical fruits. pineapple, passion fruit, star fruit. doesnt make it much better, but enough to raise the taste profile slightly

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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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